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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Union Reverses Itself: Now Backs NextEra Merger
By News Release @ 1:27 PM :: 4561 Views :: Energy, Labor

...they came to a written agreement that meets the needs of current and future members of the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ bargaining unit and strongly adheres to the core values of the IBEW....

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Saturday, October 17, 2015
Labor Market Effects: Obamacare vs Hawaii Prepaid Health Care
By NCPA @ 12:15 PM :: 5428 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

...0.5 to 1 percentage point increase in the part-time fraction in high-uninsurance states relative to low-uninsurance states....

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Friday, October 16, 2015
Kauai Overtime Expenditures Out of Taxpayer’s Pockets
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:12 AM :: 4629 Views :: Kauai County, Labor

In Hawaii, overtime is calculated into a public employee’s pension....

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Friday, October 9, 2015
Public Sector Unions: Bastions of white-collar Privilege
By NCPA @ 4:07 PM :: 3760 Views :: Labor

They engage in politics to expand and protect the perks of government employees who are more likely to have attended college and garner salary and benefit packages more generous than the average private sector worker....

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Thursday, October 8, 2015
Obamacare: 30% of Large Employer Plans Hit by Cadillac Tax
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 4010 Views :: Health Care, Labor

New Study Finds Excise Tax is Having Significant Impact on U.S. Employers ....

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Sunday, October 4, 2015
These Democrats Who Voted For Obamacare Are Now Desperate To Change It
By Selected News Articles @ 1:36 AM :: 5488 Views :: Democratic Party, Health Care, Labor

Now 41 of them say it has a major flaw that needs to be changed....

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Monday, September 28, 2015
Study: Hawaii Is the 6th Worst State for Teachers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:41 PM :: 4869 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

WalletHub analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 13 key metrics, ranging from average starting salary to unemployment rate to the projected number of teachers per student by 2022....

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Thursday, September 24, 2015
Tsutsui: Ige Should Consider Halting Maui Hospital Negotiations
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 5137 Views :: Health Care, Labor

"...I believe that we should not rush to complete a deal...."

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
ACLU Scores Big Wins for Panhandlers and Potheads
By News Release @ 2:45 AM :: 9931 Views :: Hawaii County , First Amendment, Homelessness, Labor, Drugs

The ACLU has shared a copy of the settlement agreement in this case with Maui County and Kauai County, both of which have had similar pre-employment medical examination requirements....

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Sunday, September 13, 2015
New Federal Overtime Proposal Affects 45% of Salaried Hawaii Workers
By News Release @ 3:18 AM :: 4608 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...would bring at least 45 percent of full-time salaried workers under overtime rules....

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Feds Asked to Step in Earlier on Future West Coast Port Disputes
By Michael Hansen @ 7:37 PM :: 4122 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...the recent dispute between dockworkers and marine terminal operators at West Coast ports took almost nine months to resolve....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Hope Street: New Teacher Leadership Growth in Hawaii
By News Release @ 9:05 PM :: 5015 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Last year, in a state-wide data collection in collaboration with the HIDOE and HSTA, fellows sought teacher input around the implementation of the Hawai'i Common Core Standards....

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Sunday, August 16, 2015
Survey Finds 38% of Hawaii Union Households Unaware of Right to Opt-Out of Union Membership
By News Release @ 4:16 AM :: 6544 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii Statistics, Labor
More than 1 in 4 union members answered "Yes" in response to the question, "If it were possible to opt out of membership in a labor union without losing your job or any other penalty, would you do it?"
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Saturday, August 15, 2015
Maui's New Public-Private Partnerships--Panel Discussion on Possibilities and Challenges Ahead
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:02 PM :: 5840 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor
Mayor Alan Arakawa
Dr. David Ulin of Kaiser Permanente
Dr. Nicole Apoliona of the Kula Hospital, Maui
Dr. Gerard Livaudais, of Hawaii Pacific Health
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Sunday, August 9, 2015
Ige to hear Testimony on Maui Memorial Partnership Plan Tuesday
By Selected News Articles @ 12:40 AM :: 5814 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor
Maui Waena Intermediate School – Kahului
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
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Thursday, August 6, 2015
UPW Sues to Block HHSC Hospital Privatization
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 6958 Views :: Health Care, Labor

The UPW complaint alleges that the legislation violates the contract clause of the United States Constitution by impairing the contract between UPW and the State....

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Sunday, July 19, 2015
Post-Employment Benefits Are King
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4598 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor
The Hawaii Constitution says, “Membership in any employees' retirement system of the State or any political subdivision thereof shall be a contractual relationship, the accrued benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired.”
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Thursday, July 16, 2015
Overtime Expenditures Out of Taxpayers’ Pockets
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:48 AM :: 4538 Views :: Maui County, Labor

One common way public employees increase their pensions is by maximizing overtime....

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Saturday, July 11, 2015
Kauai Payroll and Hiring Audit: Fraud, Overpayments and Contract Violations
By Andrew Walden @ 2:35 AM :: 5405 Views :: Kauai County, Labor

There were many instances of missing documents....

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Sunday, July 5, 2015
Progressive Paradise Lost
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:58 AM :: 5436 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

One barrier to business is the Merchant Marine Jones Act....

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Thursday, June 18, 2015
Hawaii Government Workforce Seventh Least Productive in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:07 PM :: 6144 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Hawaii’s employees earn 9 percent more than those in the private sector—the 3rd highest wages and salaries ratio in the country....

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Friday, June 12, 2015
Tweet Analysis Shows Hawaii #1 in Job Satisfaction
By News Release @ 3:14 PM :: 4350 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...analysis reveals those who love their job enough to tweet about it in the United States live in the Western half of the country....

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Insurgents Win HSTA Leadership Election (again)
By News Release @ 9:58 PM :: 4964 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...and this time the outgoing leadership admits it....

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015
So you want to run the university like a business? Try making nice to the faculty.
By News Release @ 8:20 PM :: 4237 Views :: Higher Education, Labor

UH has all of twelve awards for its ten campuses and three thousand faculty....

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Honolulu Among Worst in US: 78% of Jobs Created since 2010 do not Pay 'Living Wage'
By News Release @ 5:45 PM :: 4333 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

Twenty of the 150 largest metros had a share of less than 25 percent of its new jobs since 2010 created in occupations that pay a living wage....

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Auditor: HGEA Keeps UH Research Corp from Achieving Potential
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:06 AM :: 5772 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education, Labor

RCUH’s broad purpose allows projects remotely associated with research or training to qualify for exemptions from state procurement and civil service laws....

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Monday, June 1, 2015
Why Unions Want Exemption from the Minimum Wage Hikes They Fought For
By NCPA @ 1:58 PM :: 4069 Views :: Labor

Once the higher minimum wage bill is signed into law, with the exemption for unions, then organizing becomes a win-win for employers and unions....

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Sunday, May 24, 2015
Unfunded Liabilities – Smoke and Mirrors?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5504 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...what actually goes into this “unfunded liability” calculation....

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Saturday, May 23, 2015
HSTA Insurgents: We Won the Election, Will Sue Tuesday
By News Release @ 7:21 PM :: 7175 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Each of these races was decided by more than 150 votes....

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Friday, May 22, 2015
UPDATE: HSTA Election Conspiracy? Okabe Complains About Release of Information
By Andrew Walden @ 2:42 AM :: 9905 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"...have no integrity and join effectively in a conspiracy against him and his team....” 

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Honolulu 86th Worst Small Business Environment
By Selected News Articles @ 5:56 PM :: 6102 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...earnings for small business employees adjusted for cost of living are three times higher in the Houston metro area than in the Honolulu metro area....

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Thanks to HGEA, Hawaii 2nd Worst State for Nurses
By Selected News Articles @ 2:43 PM :: 5322 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

Hawaii ranks 50th – Monthly Median Starting Salary for Nurses, Adjusted for Cost of Living....

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Friday, May 1, 2015
Survey: Hawaii Ranks #2 in Sleep Deprivation
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 6549 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

Hawaii averages 6.28 hours of sleep ....

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Full Text: Unanimous Conference Committee Approves Maui Hospital Partnership Bill
By News Release @ 11:21 PM :: 9059 Views :: Health Care, Labor

House Appoints Conferees, Conference Committee to meet Tues 5PM....

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Saturday, April 25, 2015
7% Solution Makes Hawaii Pension Debt Seem Smaller
By Selected News Articles @ 3:11 PM :: 5483 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor
“The state increased the rate from 4 percent to 7 percent.”
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Thursday, April 23, 2015
HSTA Contract Reopener Showers Teachers in Cash
By News Release @ 5:33 AM :: 7523 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

One-time lump sum payment of $2000 for all active, full-time licensed teachers....

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Audit: DoE Bungles Federal Grants, Gives Teachers Excess Sick Leave, Vacation Time
By News Release @ 4:02 PM :: 5737 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor
"Material weaknesses identified"
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Let Your Voice Be Heard for Maui Hospital!
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:29 AM :: 5213 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

HB1075 concerns the creation of a public-private partnership for the Maui Hospital System....

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Friday, April 10, 2015
Small Business Group Challenges Employment Law Proposals
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 4425 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...bills relating to leave policy, workers’ compensation, and workplace complaints/protections....

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Friday, April 10, 2015
Local 5 Pushing Self-Funded Insurance Scheme
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 4177 Views :: Health Care, Labor

"UNITE HERE Local 5 is attending municipal public meetings and speaking directly with elected policymakers."

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Monday, April 6, 2015
Senate Minority Alternative Budget cuts spending, caps collective bargaining
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:13 PM :: 6814 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Republican Party, Taxes

"It brings relief to our beleaguered taxpayers and small businesses, and balances our state finances in the long term."

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Monday, March 30, 2015
Political Fight Over Teachers' Mailboxes
By Selected News Articles @ 1:39 PM :: 5620 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor

...The warning came after elementary schoolteacher Justin Hughey, a candidate for HSTA vice president, tried to distribute a 1-page flyer in Maui High School on March 3.....

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Friday, March 27, 2015
PEW: Filipinos Nearly Half of Hawaii Unauthorized Immigrants
By Selected News Articles @ 11:16 PM :: 4995 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...In Alaska and Hawaii, unauthorized immigrants from the Philippines are the largest group....

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Friday, March 27, 2015
UHERO: Despite Kakaako, Residential building permits fell last year
By UHERO @ 11:03 PM :: 8560 Views :: Development, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Rail

...Assuming affirmative resolution of ongoing entitlement battles for Hoopili and Koa Ridge, single-family building will begin to pick up over the next two years....

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Monday, March 23, 2015
HGEA Perreira Threatens Sen Roz Baker After Hospital Reform Hearing
By Andrew Walden @ 5:44 AM :: 8711 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Politicians

"... you may currently enjoy the privilege of occupying a seat, you do not own it - it does not belong to you.  Show some respect to the people who put you there ...."

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Friday, March 20, 2015
Judge: EEOC Human Trafficking Case "Frivolous"
By Selected News Articles @ 8:15 PM :: 7052 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

... “baseless, unreasonable and frivolous” ....

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Lawsuit: OE Local 3 Hawaiian Stabilization - multimillion-dollar slush fund for union bosses
By Selected News Articles @ 10:26 PM :: 8577 Views :: DHHL, Labor, Rail

...union members accuse union leadership of cavorting with the Japanese Yakuza and the Chinese Triads crime syndicates....

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Thursday, March 12, 2015
OpenHawaii.org -- Holding Government Accountable
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:22 PM :: 6414 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...county and state salary and overtime records, as well as retirement, health insurance, budgetary, and other data....

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Hawaii Disability Roll 12.5% Growth in 5 Years
By News Release @ 3:17 PM :: 5031 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

Only eight states saw increases under 15 percent: New York, Virginia, Mississippi, North Dakota, Hawaii, Maine, Connecticut and West Virginia....

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Saturday, March 7, 2015
Lose a Body Part? Hawaii Workers Comp Pays More Than Most
By Selected News Articles @ 4:10 PM :: 5171 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

...The loss of an arm, for example, is worth up to $48,840 in Alabama, $193,950 in Ohio and $439,858 in Illinois....

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